The Press: Informer

Chicago's busiest muckraker is the Rev. Elmer Williams (Methodist), 67, husky, hot-tempered publisher of Lightnin' (average circ. 2,500), a lively, often accurate little sheet which for years has lambasted the Chicago Tribune, gangsters, labor racketeers, politicians. But not until last week was Crusader Williams sued for libel. A State's Attorney's investigator and two furriers sued because Lightnin' called them fur racketeers. Acquitted in 20 minutes flat, Gadfly Williams told the Court: "I am not a reformer, I am an informer."


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